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Afternoon roundup

Thursday, May 11, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Shot

Fundraising during session. Except as provided in this Section, any executive branch constitutional officer … may not hold a political fundraising function on any day the legislature is in session or the day immediately prior to such day.

Greg Hinz Chaser

State Democrats have scheduled a fundraiser featuring Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson on Thursday that will raise money to help pay host expenses for next year’s Democratic National Convention here. […]

Corporate guests who attend the event are being asked to commit at least $1 million to the cause, party sources report.

He’s just being featured, and it’s a 501c6. Totally legal. But still. He’s helping raise money to put on a political event during a session day. I can’t help but assume there’s gonna be some heavy-hitters who often have Springfield interests at that funder.

* The revenue drop wasn’t the major crisis that some portrayed it, and Fitch saw through some of the hype. Crain’s

Despite a huge drop in revenue last month, Illinois’ overall budget outlook remains good and within earlier forecasts, according to Fitch Ratings. […]

However, it added, “Despite April tax revenue declines, all three states are on track to comfortably exceed their adopted budget revenue forecasts, which anticipated tax revenue declines for the full fiscal year. Illinois had budgeted a 7.4% drop in tax revenue but has seen a smaller 1.0% (year over year) decline in year-to-date tax revenue through April.”

Illinois’ April dip also may have been impacted by a new provision in the law intended to give pass-through entities such as partnerships protection from a change in federal law that capped the personal deduction for state and local taxes, generally known as SALT, at $10,000 a year, the agency said.

* Something that’s being lost in this debate is that the firefighters thought they had a deal…

The casino’s revenues are earmarked for the city’s first responder pension funds.

* Senate President Don Harmon…

Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement after the State Senate took bipartisan action to reappoint Judge Michael McCuskey as Legislative Inspector General:

“Over the past year, Judge McCuskey has shown himself to be a fair, honorable man driven by high ethical standards. He is doing an admirable job of enacting our shared goal of fostering honesty in Springfield.

“I believe he will continue to serve the people of Illinois well.”

* Pitch…

Hi Rich,

We’re in Springfield sharing these new flyers with information that has never been scrutinized about the program: Public Dollars, No Public Oversight and Vouchers Fund Discrimination.

If you’d like more details or links for anything on the flyers, please let me know.


Jennifer Jones
Illinois Families for Public Schools

From the Illinois Opportunity Project…

Every child should have the opportunity for a world-class education. It is the only way they will be able to compete and contribute to today’s economy and society. Unfortunately, Illinois is failing on this front.

A child’s potential shouldn’t be determined by a zip code or their family’s income.

The Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program has granted over 40,000 scholarships to well deserving families providing them the opportunity to send their children to a school that best fits their unique needs.

These life-changing scholarships are at risk because the program is set to expire this year.

* ISP…

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is releasing the final name of the seven people fatally injured in multiple crashes that occurred on May 1, 2023 at approximately 10:55 a.m. on both northbound and southbound Interstate 55 between mile markers 72 and 78, near Farmersville in Montgomery County. Otto Medina-Salazar, 58-year-old from Carthage, MO was fatally injured in the crash. A total of 72 vehicles are known to be involved in the crashes and 37 people were transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to critical. There were seven fatalities in the crashes, including the following names previously released.

    Shirley Harper, 88-year-old from Franklin, WI
    Joseph Bates, 73-year-old from Crystal Lake, IL
    Donna Bates, 71-year-old from Crystal Lake, IL
    Earl LeGrand, 64-year-old from Florissant, MO
    Michael Zinchuk, 55-year-old from Champaign, IL
    Amy Zinchuk, 54-year-old from Champaign, IL

ISP recognizes the impact of this tragic event and offers its condolences to families and friends mourning their loss. ISP thanks all its first responder partners and sister agencies for their tremendous work and assistance during this incident.

* Sun-Times reports that the CTU’s chief negotiator will be the next deputy mayor for education

Jennifer Johnson, chief of staff to the CTU that employed Brandon Johnson as a paid organizer, will serve as deputy mayor for education. She is a former history teacher at Lincoln Park High School. […]

Pointing to Brandon Johnson’s roots as a middle-school teacher, Davis Gates said: “What once was is no longer. We do not have a mayor who has declared war on us. The previous two mayors were very clear about being adversaries. The mayor-elect and his team … will lead the transformation and sustainability of our public school system.”

Maybe. But her portfolio won’t be confined to just education. Johnson’s full title will be Deputy Mayor of Education, Youth, and Human Services. The city’s human services network has been struggling for years. Will it be forced into the back seat again?

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - JS Mill - Thursday, May 11, 23 @ 2:06 pm:

    =Davis Gates said: “What once was is no longer. We do not have a mayor who has declared war on us. The previous two mayors were very clear about being adversaries.=

    Like almost all of us in admin, I started my career as a classroom teacher. I was active in the union and was on the negotiating team. I have a few other colleagues that were part of negotiations as teachers.

    It is a bit different when you move to the other side of the table. That does not mean you have to see the teachers as adversaries either. I sure don’t. But often they do.

    I am interested to see how this works out over time.

  2. - Dotnonymous - Thursday, May 11, 23 @ 2:25 pm:

    Sometimes I wish I could hibernate for seventeen years…like after I see / hear Big Mac Donald.

  3. - Gravitas - Thursday, May 11, 23 @ 2:26 pm:

    What will 15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez do once Mayor Lori Lightfoot is gone? He torched Lightfoot again today by blaming her for the immigration crisis as she formerly announced that all were welcome in the sanctuary city of Chicago.

    Lopez and Lightfoot have been fierce rivals and quite vocal and, sometimes, profane, in terms of criticizing each other.

  4. - DuPage Saint - Thursday, May 11, 23 @ 2:36 pm:

    Are Constitutional office holders more corrupt during a session or is it more if a “look” thing? Unseemly to buy favors in session better to buy when no one looking. Some of these rules are arcane and probably useless

  5. - Rich Miller - Thursday, May 11, 23 @ 2:53 pm:

    ===What will 15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez do===

    What he always does.

  6. - Proud CTU Member - Thursday, May 11, 23 @ 3:48 pm:

    === Johnson’s full title will be Deputy Mayor of Education, Youth, and Human Services. The city’s human services network has been struggling for years. Will it be forced into the back seat again? ===

    The CTU’s biggest shift in the last ten years has been to point out that quality education is hampered when human services are neglected. This is the thinking behind the union’s “bargaining for the common good” framework. The cynics among us have dismissed it as mere grandstanding but if you look at the wins in the contract around sanctuary schools, nurse and social worker staffing, etc. you will see that it is quite genuine.

    Also, you will never meet a harder working, more humble, sensitive and intellectually sharp individual than Jen Johnson. She didn’t angle for a job in the administration, she was drafted, and for good reason.

  7. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, May 11, 23 @ 3:59 pm:

    The Chicago Teachers Union seems to understand better than most that whether or not children succeed within the classroom depends heavily on factors outside the classroom.

    Kids cannot do their homework if they have no home, or that home is plagued by abuse or gun violence. If Johnson understands that, she is already ahead of the pack.

    We’ll see soon enough whether Johnson has the chops for the job, but we should give the mayor the latitude to put together a team he trusts to get the job done.

  8. - ThatOneGuyinBlono - Thursday, May 11, 23 @ 4:36 pm:

    Jen’s got the chops, alright. She’s also got the brain, heart, spirit, & discipline to excel at the task. Brandon’s building a Voltron.

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